September 7, 2018

One Third Of American Women Have Negative Views On PrEP

According to a survey conducted by Planned Parenthood in Connecticut although less than a quarter of women attending their clinics were aware of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), most expressed positive views however, “One third of respondents endorsed the view that people would assume they were promiscuous or were in fact HIV positive if they took PrEP; two-thirds said that they would expect their sexual partners or family members to approve of their taking PrEP and three-quarters said their friends would be supportive.”

This is optimistic since the two-thirds that viewed it positively were the ones who may need it most, “23 percent of the women had heard of PrEP and only 21 percent regarded themselves as being at any degree of HIV risk. This is despite the fact that 29 percent reported sex with multiple partners, and 90 percent reported using condoms inconsistently or not at all. Interestingly, the strongest negative stereotypes of PrEP were held by women who never used condoms.”

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